Eviction prevention from Northern Virginia Family Service.
A Homeless Prevention Program in the northern Virginia area is focused on helping tenants with paying their rental costs, however there is also support for homeowners as well. The non-profit agency known as Family Service provides a number of solutions in the region such as emergency financial assistance, landlord mediation, and rehousing into a new affordable home, among other solutions. The HPP - Homeless Prevention Program is available across Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington County.
The contact information is below, and the program is administered at the local level by a combination of government and social service agencies. While funds are limited, and often rely on money raised from donations or government grants, even if someone is not qualified then case management and referrals may be offered.
Goals of Eviction Prevention in the region
The HPP program was created to stop, and even reverse, homelessness in northern Virginia. This can be achieved by promoting housing stability and trying to increase the stock of affordable homes and apartments. The main resources that could be available are below.
- Financial assistance – While this is usually offered as a grant, in some cases other forms of financing is provided, namely a no interest loan. The money can be used for expenses such as rent, utility or security deposits, utility bills, and moving costs.
- Case management - Northern Virginia Family Service will offer this, often in partnership with non-profits and charities. The goal is to help people become self-reliant by increasing their income, skillset, and educational level.
- Referrals – Not all families will qualify for direct financial aid, so in this case referrals may be provided to other government or non-profit agencies across Fairfax County, Prince William, and other regions.
As part of the application process, individuals who are facing an eviction and are at risk for homelessness will go through an intake process with a HPP case manager. This is available to people of all ages, backgrounds, and even disabilities.
Applicants should be prepared with proof of expenses, income and housing and employment history. They need to proof why there are facing an emergency, and what they are doing to work towards stability. Only after the Northern Virginia Family Service case manager receives all required documentation from the individual will any funds or assistance be provided.
All resources are limited, and some families will only be able to receive advice and other solutions such as mediation. However, there are many different resources in Arlington as well as Fairfax and other counties that can help with back rent and other needs.
The main numbers to call to apply for the Northern Virginia Family Service Eviction Prevention Program, or to get more information are below.
Fairfax County residents have access to financial aid and all parts of this service. The program is run in partnership with Coordinated Service Planning, which is a resource available across the county. Intake is offered to tenants and the working poor that are in poverty, and many resources are targeted at ending homelessness. There is advocacy, linkage, referrals, and more. Call 703.222.0880.
Prince William County – Eviction prevention and HPP is provided in partnership with Family Services from SERVE. Depending on the circumstances, low income families can either self-refer themselves or be referred by a partner agency, and people should call 571.748.2603.
Arlington County – Grants for rent and other housing costs may be offered by the DHS Crisis Assistance Bureau. Call 703.228.1300.
Loudoun County – Applications for any homeless prevention programs are provided by the Department of Family Services, Community Support department. Call 703-777-0353.